20 (Okay 22!) Oscar Winners Who Appeared on Soaps!
No. 18. Russell Crowe, Neighbours
New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe owes hit Aussie soap Neighbours for giving him the exposure he needed to land his first film role. Following a stint on the daily evening sudser as Kenny Larkin in 1987, Crowe went on to build a stellar filmography in Australia and later the U.S., including his turn as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the epic film Gladiator, which earned Crowe the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2000.